Traveling with carry-on only is a great way to save money on the cost of a plane ticket, however, certain restrictions can make packing feel like a headache. Along with airline-specific restrictions, tourists should also be aware of security rules that prohibit certain items from going through airport security. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Becky Moore, travel blogger and founder of GlobalGrasshopper, revealed the security rule that she said was “always” used to catch her.
Although most people are aware that a certain amount of liquid cannot pass through security, there are a few caveats to this rule that can confuse people.
Becky explained: “Liquids, gels or aerosols are not allowed in carry-on baggage.
“These items must be placed in a quart-sized bag and placed in a clear plastic sealable bag for inspection.”
However, specific rules regarding container size may result in tourists having half-empty toiletries taken from them, even if they are not full.
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Becky said: “The thing that always bothered me was the 100ml liquid requirement, which applies to everything and any liquid.
“That even includes a bottle of water, several lighters and even mascara. Everything else, if your liquid cannot exceed 100 ml, even if there is less than 100 ml left in the container”.
Gov.uk recommends placing all liquid items in checked baggage, if possible.
If you are traveling with hand luggage only, the 100ml restriction applies to all beverages, including water, as well as liquid or semi-liquid food, for example soup, jam or honey.
Many toiletries are also included with fluid restrictions. Gov.uk specified: “Cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lip gloss.
“Aerosols, including shaving foam, hairspray, and spray deodorants. Pastes, including toothpaste and gels, including hair and shower gel. And contact lens solution.”
Any other solution of similar consistency is likely to fall under the liquid ban.
Although full-size toiletries and other liquids are not allowed, you don’t need to buy new travel-size toiletries every time you fly.
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Becky explained: “This will take some smart planning, and I’d highly recommend investing in some cheap travel-sized reusable bottles.
“Then you can portion out your fluids accordingly and stay out of trouble. I’ve done this several times, my one exception is toothpaste.
“When it comes to toothpaste, it’s much easier to just buy a travel-size tube of toothpaste than it is to waste time trying to transfer it to a different bottle.”
However, there are some exceptions to the rules. The travel blogger explained: “There are medical exceptions, for example my friend is diabetic and must travel with liquid insulin, but this is obviously exempt with the correct documentation.”
Gov.uk confirmed that essential medicines, medical equipment and food for dietary requirements are allowed, however there are some rules to follow.
The Gov.uk website states: “You will need supporting documentation from a relevant medical professional, for example a letter from your doctor or a copy of your prescription.
“Airport staff may need to open containers to check liquids at security. Medical equipment is checked separately.”
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